Allen, an explosive downfield threat, is widely thought to be the 2013 NFL Draft's best wide receiver prospect available.
NFL teams value big-play wide receivers more than ever in today's game, and Keenan Allen
, a junior from California, is projected by many to be the best available wideout in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
Allen, at 6'3, 206 pounds, has the ability to win jump balls down the field and is a physical, complete package of a receiver -- he's also SB Nation's top-rated receiver prospect
. In 2012 for the Golden Bears, he caught 61 passes for 737 yards and six touchdowns. He initially was set to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide
as a safety before switching to California and the wide receiver position.
- SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn
has a detailed scouting report for Allen, noting that his elusiveness after the catch (YAC, to use the designated buzzword) is one of his best qualities.
- Not-great quarterbacking. Much like Larry Fitzgerald
toiling away with the Arizona Cardinals
and fondly remembering the Kurt Warner
days, Allen didn't exactly have one of college football's elite signal-callers in Zach Maynard. Still, this may have only served to further showcase his skills, as Fairburn writes that Allen's ability to contort his body and pull down catches shows it doesn't need to be a perfect situation for Allen to excel.
- Physical traits. With his height and sneaky speed, Allen can race by defenders, then jump over them to win a ball at its highest point. CBSSports.com's Rob Rang says
this is due to, among other things, superior hand-eye coordination.
Here's a compilation from draftbreakdown.com
of Allen against Ohio State and USC this season, in which he caught 18 overall passes for 173 total yards:
- Drops. Not sure why, but it seems that the receivers who make incredible catches are also susceptible to a case of the drops once in awhile. Allen is this receiver.
- A knee injury suffered late in the 2012 season will be tested in pre-draft workouts, and could affect his stock if it limits his athleticism.
- NFL.com's profile
believes Allen's speed isn't quite at the top-level in that category.